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Sentencing delayed in sham marriage case

Published on -11/7/2012, 7:26 AM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A judge in Kansas has delayed the sentencing of a Jamaican woman convicted of entering into a sham marriage with a Fort Riley soldier to get legal immigration status.

Shannakay Hunter will now be sentenced Dec. 3 instead of Nov. 26.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot ruled Tuesday that Hunter may appear for sentencing by phone from New York City, where she lives.

Hunter was convicted in August of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud and lying to the government. She faces up to five years on each count but is likely to get far less prison time -- if any -- under federal sentencing guidelines.

Former Army private Joshua Priest got a 10-month sentence for conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and wire fraud. He testified against his wife.

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